Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thought of the Day

Why have 3 out of 5 people I've worked with this summer not made it to the end of their term of employment?

Friday, August 15, 2008

And You Thought Summer Camp was Glamorous...

One hour and thirty minutes-The Amount of time I will have today where I am not working

Three Hours-The amount of time off my contract says I will receive "On Average"

One Hundred and Twenty Six Point Five-The Number of hours I will have worked by the end of this week

One Hundred and Twenty Five Dollars-The amount of money I will receive at the end of this week as compensation

Seven-The number of children under the care of myself and my cohort this week

Three-The number of children under my care whom I would like to lock in a room somewhere for the rest of the day if it wasn't in violation of camp policy and numerous federal regulations.

Anger-The emotion which occupies my brain for the majority of the day

Wednesday and Friday-The days on which I have consumed coffee on this particular week

Fifteen Days-The number of days I am contractually obligated to remain here.

Tired-How I am right now


Despite all my complaints camp is OK but I'll be thinking long and hard and approaching it much differently before accepting an offer of employment next year.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Reevaluation

Things happen at camp and it always leaves me hating camp by about this point in the summer. Last year it was a little bit later because I was in the throes of CREW at this point of the summer last year, but it still came hard and I just wanted to get out of camp. So naturally, I find myself trying to figure out how to make camp less crappy for me at this point in the summer. The easiest way for me to do this is to make my self really busy because I only get frustrated with administration and all that crap when I don't work a whole lot.

But this summer I'm trying a different route this year. I'm trying to help people. This week I've been trying to be around other people's cabins a lot, and I've been jumping into my activity leading (firebuilding....no I don't have any formal training but I had a crash course this year) in full force. Then next week and the week after I'm doing something I told myself I'd never do again; cabin leading. Under normal circumstances I probably wouldn't have volunteered myself for this particular job but we're really short staffed and people that are burnt out were going to be forced to go back in cabin because there was no one to replace them, so I volunteered to go in cabin for Squeeze 2 and Rock on Rock. You guys might want to start praying for me now because if it's anything like my last two consecutive weeks in cabin I'm going to be toast.

Ben